Saturday, 23 March 2019

Checkout The First Black Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Aerospace Engineering

Award6baseMeet Wendy Okolo, The First Black Woman To Earn A Doctorate
In Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Wendy Okolo is a Nigerian-born National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) aerospace engineer and the first
Black woman to earn a doctorate in the field.
According to her profile on the organization's website, Okolo
works as a special emphasis programs manager at Ames
Research Center and is a research engineer in the Discovery and
Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area. Her role includes
researching control systems applications, systems health
monitoring and creating solutions for issues related to the
designing of aircraft and spacecraft.
She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at
Arlington in 2010 and 2015. Okolo completed her dissertation
research with a focus on aircraft fuel-saving methods. Her
research was funded by several organizations including the Air
Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), American Institute for
Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Texas Space Grant
Consortium (TSGC).
After completing her graduate studies, she worked a summer
researcher at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Control
Design and Analysis Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
While there, Okolo piloted one of the world’s fastest crewed
Per the Philadelphia Tribune, Okolo is the first Black woman to
earn a doctorate in aerospace engineering at just 26 years old.
Along with accomplishing the prestigious honor, she was the
winner of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Global
Competitiveness Conference award for being the most promising
engineer in the United States government.

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